Our niece, DenDen, is turning 18 soon. DenDen is our oldest niece in Guimaras, the island province we call home. As the following pictures will attest, she has grown into a beautiful young woman. At age 18 a Filipina will have a coming-of-age celebration, a debut, an “18 Candles” ceremony, if you will.
Annoying Philippine love teams get on the Crusty Old Expat’s nerves. Admittedly, a lot of things irritate me. Nevertheless, instead of complaining to my asawa every time I see KathNiel, JaDine, or LizQuen pop up on the boob tube, I’ve decided to rant about it on my blog.
I’ve opined in past posts about Cignal being the best satellite service in the Philippines. Sadly, I can no longer in good faith make this claim to my readers. “Philippines: Cignal’s Dreadful New Channels” will attempt to explain why my zeal for Cignal has cooled considerably.
As this article goes to press at 10:30 am, June 13th, 2018, the exchange rate stands at 53.10 Philippine pesos to 1 US dollar. The Manila Times reports that Singapore-based bank DBS is predicting a fall to P54 versus the US dollar by the end of this year, 2018. Earlier forecasts posted in this website had predicted an even further decline of P56 to 1 USD by year’s end.
Filipino Families Can Decently Live on $200 Month? That’s according to NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon, who claimed you’re not considered poor if you earn P10,000 a month and support a family of five. This Philippine bureaucrat claims a family of five can decently live on $200 a Month. NEDA is the National Economic and Development Authority.
“Philippines: American shot dead after refusing to buy beer.” This headline jutted out to me in The Daily Guardian this morning. As I sipped my steaming hot cup of Good Day White Frappe, I quickly perused this tragic story which could happen to any American, or other foreigners, living in the Philippines.
Beauty contests in the Philippines are as common as cow poop on our local roads. Even before Pia Wurtzbach, a German-Filipino model, won the 2015 Miss Universe title, pageant competitions were extremely popular. “Pretty Pinays Populate Philippines Pageant” documents a recent visit my lovely asawa and I made to a local beauty contest, Miss Talangban 2018. Talangban is located in the municipality of Sibunag, Guimaras.
It’s almost 2:00 pm. The temperature is hovering around 33°C, 92° F, with a “feels like” temperature of 39°C, 102°F. The humidity is a “mild” 54%. “Mild” because the average annual humidity in our island province of Guimaras is around 86%. “Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines.”
It was a slow day at the “pee tree.” After waiting for about 30 minutes as my lovely Filipina wife did some shopping at Southern Trading in Guimaras, I only counted one public pisser from the confines of our Ford Ranger. This post is a tribute to the “Philippines Public Pee Warriors.”